Give Me Freedom or Give Me Terrorist Ideas

New York Times’ Steven D. Levitt, has posted, on Freakonomics an extremely irresponsible blog asking for terrorist attack ideas. His excuse is to gather ideas and keep the goverment on it’s toes. He claims that terrorists are not really looking at sites like that, so the chances of giving them ideas is minimal…

Are you Dumb Mr Levitt? I read constantly how terrorists use the Internet to communicate, disemminate propoganda and find information on building bombs… What makes you think they are not reading the current news and hitting blogs that provide information they can use? I would venture to say that they are more tech savvy and up on current events than most Americans…

Levitt, in his blog, writes that posting ideas for terrorist attacks “could be a form of public service: I presume that a lot more folks who oppose and fight terror read this blog than actual terrorists. So by getting these ideas out in the open, it gives terror fighters a chance to consider and plan for these scenarios before they occur.”

Not only does Levitt ask for ideas, he offers one up for the terrorists

He also offers one idea that his father gave to him:

” . . . to arm 20 terrorists with rifles and cars, and arrange to have them begin shooting randomly at pre-set times all across the country. Big cities, little cities, suburbs, etc. Have them move around a lot. No one will know when and where the next attack will be. The chaos would be unbelievable….”

Not everyone who has read Levitt’s blog agree with his intentions

But some of the hundreds of comments Levitt has received think the blog is anything but a “public service.” They question the rationale behind it and suggest that Levitt’s invitation could become a warehouse full of ideas for terrorists.

“Please, please remove this how-to guide for terrorists from the Web,” J. Foster writes. “Of course, there’s all sorts of information already out there, but suggesting more ideas to terrorists is extremely irresponsible. Stupid, in fact. Why on earth would you think this is a good thing to do? What purpose does it serve?”

“You have got to be kidding me,” submits Bob Carson. “Ideas for terrorists? Think you are being cute? Clever? You are an idiot.”

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2 Responses

  1. But the thing is, terrorists are not rational. They are motivated by faith. They want glory from their attacks, not maximal efficiency.

    See http://collectedvoices.blogspot.com/2007/08/are-they-terrorists-response-to-steven.html for more on this line of thought.

  2. The terrorists are excluded from the sexual world by their religion, culture, apparels, hiding all female parts etc such that they become raving maniacs when they are assured of 72 ghostly virgins ( possibly with no physical form) on completion of blowing themselves and other innocent beings to smitheren.

    An interesting question is. What does the female jihadi gets when she gets to heaven after blowing herself up. 72 Steve Reeves ?? Oh God.

    The terrorists have to be attacked on their ‘own turf’ on their own tactics. Necessity is the mother of invention. When there was no radar – it became possible to develop to meet the needs of the times. When the German Codes in the 2nd World War had to be broken – the Boys in Bletchley did it. So, the same gamut of events will go on to tackle the terrorists. When the need arises – Men of great WILL will come into being to save the world.

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